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Mike Kafka Rumors: Patriots Workout Former Eagles QB

Mike Kafka went from Michael Vick's apparent backup to unemployed in a little under a month, but he might not be job-hunting for long: the ex-Eagle reportedly worked out with the New England Patriots Tuesday.

New England had just surprised many by cutting Brian Hoyer, who had been with the team as one of Tom Brady's backups since 2009, while opting to keep Ryan Mallett, who they drafted this year in the third round. While Mallett is now the presumptive backup, the team might be in the market for a third-stringer, and Kafka would certainly fit that role as he did for two seasons in Philadelphia.

The 2010 fourth-round draft pick out of Northwestern was Philadelphia's No. 2 behind Vick coming into training camp, but his only preseason action saw him toss a pick and break his left hand. Nick Foles was majorly impressive, Trent Edwards took the No. 3 spot, and the Eagles parted ways with Kafka. Kafka is no longer eligible to play on a practice squad, which made him somewhat useless for Philadelphia, but Kafka's brief performances in actual game situations have been promising, which explains why teams like the Patriots might be interested in bringing him in.

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